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  • Writer's pictureIvette Guillermo-McGahee

Breaking Down Barriers: A Shared Journey Towards Mental Well-being

Hey Allies in Caring community,

As we step into the upcoming spring season, I wanted to share a thought with you all. You know, there's this traditional notion out there—the "bootstrap" theory of self-improvement and progress. It suggests that individuals can pull themselves up solely through their own efforts and determination. But let's chat about that for a moment. We believe that personal well-being is deeply intertwined with social connections. Sometimes, going it alone can actually increase stress, making us feel isolated and disconnected.

Here at Allies in Caring, we recognize the importance of individuals giving themselves the chance to rely on their social networks. Similarly, organizations like ours thrive on connections. We understand that we can't go it alone. By engaging with other organizations, having meaningful conversations, and learning from one another, we strengthen our collective impact. That's why we're actively involved in initiatives like the Community Power initiative led by Root Change, where we collaborate to explore fresh ideas and innovative approaches together.

Recently, we had the incredible opportunity to participate in the Shift the Power Summit in Bogota, Colombia. It was an eye-opening experience, filled with discussions on community power and the importance of building trust and equity. We left feeling inspired and energized.

So, here's the thing—I invite you to lean into your own social networks to support your mental well-being. And hey, if you're up for it, we'd love for you to join us in our efforts to create positive change. Whether it's through working alongside us, interning, donating, or getting involved with our Board, every little bit counts. Let's continue to build resilient communities together.

Warm regards, Ivette Guillermo-McGahee

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